The Snack File: Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters

Well, of course it’d be another Trader Joe’s item. I haven’t done a SNACK FILE in so long, I figured I might as well do one with one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast!

If you’re a fan of Honey Bunches of Oats, then you’ll definitely become a fan of this yummy cereal! IMO, it’s actually better than HBoO because it has larger, crunchy clusters and larger, crunchy flakes! Meaning – you will be satisfied with a small portion in a small bowl.

The cereal is a tad bit on the sweet side, so to even it out, I typically add some tart fruit to it: strawberries or blueberries. This cereal also tastes amazing with bananas… as of course, bananas and almond go well together!

At around 210 calories per cup, it’s not a bad option for breakfast and refueling and I guarantee you that you will stay full until lunch time! A much better option than a bagel and cream cheese, because those make me hungry within an hour!FullSizeRender

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 

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A weekend run, allergies, and museum fun!

This weekend came and went so quickly – I would like to thank Daylight Savings Time.

I also did a lot of house beautifying this weekend: I finally put up curtains in our bedroom! Next project is the living room. Although, TIP: don’t get your curtains at Target – get them at Ikea instead! At least you’ll purchase a PAIR of curtains for the same price you’ll find at Target.. possibly better options too. I’ve learned my lesson.

Anywhoo, in running news, I finally got to try out a new route I’ve been wanting to do. It went extremely well: it was a nice, flat run and I finished in no time: it was about 3.25 miles total. I actually planned a 10k around this route, but I had first wanted to see how that side of town was like. It wasn’t too bad, so I think I’ll explore a little further until I feel like it’s comfortable enough to run a full 10k in. 🙂

I ran for a total of 33:15. Not too bad, considering I started my run at around 9 am and it was already sweltering hot by the time I finished. Ugh. THANKS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. My allergies were also killing me this whole weekend. Spring is definitely near.

I also didn’t plan to run for too long, since I had a 5 mile hike scheduled the next morning. Unfortunately, my running buddy who I was going to hike with got sick, so I didn’t end up going on a hike. I ended up sleeping in after she had let me know our plans were cancelled.

However, my Sunday wasn’t over yet. I had a trip to the Norton Simon Museum with my boyfriend later on during the day since he had to do some work for his Art History class. Of course, I was excited, especially because I FREAKING LOVE MUSEUMS. AND OLD, CLASSICAL ART. It was amazing.

I got to see so much beautiful works of art, including pieces from Van Gogh, Degas, Raphael, Matisse, and even Picasso!

Here were a couple of my favorites:

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These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
"Young Woman in Black" by Renoir
“Young Woman in Black” by Renoir
"The Black Shawl" by Matisse
“The Black Shawl” by Matisse

Overall, it was a great day. We spent about 3 hours at the museum and totally lost track of time. Afterwards, when we finally got home, I made some steak and baked sweet potato for dinner. So yummy!

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Tonight, I have a run planned out on the treadmill. I’ll most likely be running for time again: 40 min.

Which reminds me, I have a question: do you run for time, or do you run for miles? In your opinion, what’s better? 

I feel like I shouldn’t always be focusing on the miles. Running for time is just as important, isn’t it? After all… you’re still running. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Till next time,

P.

Darn you, treadmill time!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I am absolutely glad that tomorrow is Friday! It’s been a pretty busy week! On Tuesday, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical – not much of a challenge there, so last night I decided to run on the treadmill for 40 min. I absolutely will not accept that I did 3 miles in those 40 minutes at a higher speed than usual. LIES, I tell you, LIES!

So I just calculated how much I would’ve ran in that time as if I were outside and inputted that in my RunKeeper. Shhh.

What matters is I ran for 40 minutes, right?

Right.

I’ve been waking up early again as of late, and I like it. Yesterday morning, I went all the way to Irvine (close to the beach cities) to drop my bunny Pumpkin off at the vet for her spay date. We will be getting her back tomorrow, so I’m excited that my other rabbit Quincey won’t be alone again!

I didn’t end up signing up for the 5k that’s supposed to take place this Saturday – I need to save money! This paycheck has already dwindled fast – student loan payments have gone up, and I just had to purchase prescription glasses for reading & computer use!

I had wanted to run an Easter race so I can get a medal with a bunny on it, and I had my eye on one that I wanted to do last year… BUT – I learned that I might have a trip to Vegas with some of my girlfriends that same weekend.

Sigh. Let’s hope I can find a race soon! I have been itching for one… and race season is starting to slow down! I actually have my eye on a half marathon that’s taking place near me in September. I’m about 90% sure I’m going to do it… I miss having to train for something!

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Till next time,

P.

Weekend run and bunny buns.

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It felt really good to stay in this weekend.

On Friday my boyfriend had gotten me an early birthday present: it was the Konstruktor Lomography Camera. You build the entire thing yourself, and it takes photos on film – the old fashioned way. Seeing as photography was pretty much the base of our relationship, it was pretty special. 🙂 On my spare time this weekend, I got to assembling it with his help. I’ll post the final results here once it’s completed!

Another eventful thing: WE GOT ANOTHER BUNNY! We’ve been wanting to find a bunny friend for our rabbit Quincey, since lonely bunnies do tend to get depressed over time. On Saturday, we took him on a date to the shelter we got him from. He met with two other bunnies before we decided on chubby Pumpkin. They bonded right away, eventually grooming each other with licks and nudges!

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However, to our shock, once we got home we got a call from the shelter saying that Pumpkin had not been spayed yet! Usually, the shelter spays or neuters the rabbits before they allow them to be adopted, but there had been a mix up. Unfortunately, we have to take Pumpkin to get spayed but fortunately, the shelter will still cover the costs. I’m a bit hesitant about it since we have to make sure that Pumpkin is okay after the surgery, and on some days during the week either my boyfriend or myself would be home until later in the day. Hopefully we can get the procedure done sooner too – now it’s going to take longer to actually bond the bunnies since we’d have to wait until she’s absolutely better. So far, she’s been adjusting to her new home and I’ve noticed just how different she is from tame-old Quincey. Guess I just have to get used to new bunny behavior!

On Sunday, I was feeling lazy but I pushed myself and laced up and ran outside. It had been raining all weekend, with some spots of sunlight here and there. During my run, it was raining even though it was sunny out! The weather was awkward and at times, I felt like giving up since I haven’t ran outside in forever… but I finished strong. I hardly got any time to run last month, let alone run outside so I depended on my treadmill time. Luckily, my non-race pace outside was still roughly the same as it’d been: around 10:29 min. per mile, and I had run 4 miles. I was dreading it, but the long-ish run felt really good afterwards. Time really does go by so much faster when you’re running outside!

Tomorrow, I plan on going on the elliptical for 30 minutes. I need to get adjusted to just working out yet again, since I’m still kind of sore from yesterday’s workout. I’m happy I’m getting back into the habit again. 🙂

Happy Monday!

P.